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  1. I have exp with mixing a different SSRI—Fluoxetine—I found slightly less psychedelic effects than anticipated. With the unknowns I recommend caution. My general approach was to act as if the SSRI that I used (which is different than the SSRI you are using) and the HT2A agonist might be contraindicated. I had a plan of healing: I was using SSRIs because I had a life situation causing me suffering and I needed something to help me cope for a time. Even though LSD agonists might have helped help me reprocess and adapt to the excessive stressors, I used SSRIs to help me cope at that time. ‘A time to heal and a time to hurt.’ I needed some months to calm down and feel better. Then I could look forward to getting off the SSRIs and resume my journey using the 2A agonist. Though, I see more recent research seems to emphasize the neuroplasticity mechanism of SSRIs. For example, some people take SSRIs for brain health optimization rather than for any disease reasons. So there might be good reason to mix the drugs. Who knows, in ten years family physicians might recommend that everyone should blast SSRIs and acid together. But for me personally, not mixing drugs was a motivator to my recovery plan: a reward at the end of a journey. Waiting, for me to first get off SSRIs in due time, also reduced confounding factors in my experiments of healing and well being. I could evaluate effects more clearly. Finally, the waste from reduced psychedelic effects might seem small, but wasting risks to liberty and career was a good enough reason for me to wait until I got off SSRIs. I also did not try mixing my drugs (which were different than your drugs) without first searching many websites and forums on the mix. I mention my search as an example to research before experimenting. If anything, I would recommend standard harm reduction techniques for unknown effects. Besides reagents and testing kits to avoid something other than lsd on the blotters, Use low dose ‘allergy tests’ before gradually increasing the doses (i.e., fractions of a tab), and wait between doses as you titrate up—even waiting days between the first noticeable effect and any higher fraction of a dose. Consider at the patience of Alexander S, who waited and gradually increased his doses as he invented many psychedelics. All the best!!!
  2. Octopus—if our closest relatives were octopi, then I suppose we’d be ocean-dwellers. Forming and exoskeleton and coming inland like a slug is unlikely (invertebrates). Well—Maybe our brains rapidly evolved and grew though psychedelic sea sponges instead of magic mushrooms and cooked food. One of the first things we’d need is an effective way to kill sharks and other large animals. Some kind of readily constructed weapon or quill armour. I think it’s pretty important that people exterminate all similar animals and all larger animals where ever they live—as history demonstrates: almost all large animals and similar humanoids dies off where people went. Large sharks have to go. Big whales are dead meat. Wolves— the novel, the Wheel of Time, points out that a wolf person might have something akin to telepathic communication—possibly greater intuitions about group dynamics and collective action. I don’t know too much about wolves or dog packs though. cows—always surprise me how an animal like cows exist. Of course, people breed them now, but they are pretty tough animals—versus other animals and even versus difficult terrain (like hills/mountains) and weather. I think we’d look for a way to stockpile grass and food without opposing thumbs—maybe we developed better ways to plant seeds in our grazing rounds. I can’t get over the whole empathy thing with lizard—how apathetic lizards are. It’s such a significant distance in evolution. When I was a kid, I bought an African fat-tailed gecko. Looks like something pulled off its tail as a baby—poor thing—and it grew back. But it was jumpy—maybe not just trained fear, but no matter how kind I was, gentle, good, and kind, it was always scared of me. I wanted it to be like a cuddly bird or something, cuddling up against my cheek. but it just never connected with me. It was only fight, flight or freeze. That’s it. If we were like really smart Komodo dragons or alligators or something—Exothermic (cold blooded); we would only live in certain climates. We’d probably rely much more on our muscles, claws, and teeth, than shared knowledge or communication.
  3. I think philosophy is like art—but then again, I think that the picture of Kermit the frog eating popcorn and chilling out in a movie theatre is art. Philosophy can be lighthearted, chill, and amusing—just like the picture of Kermit. Philosophy can also be serious, heavy, difficult, and profound. Personally, I like scientific approaches to philosophy, like using statistics in evaluating the common usage of terms (or re-defining words that are used in a non-ordinary ways). It’s actually not a bad position, to say that philosophy is science. For example, “The aesthetic study of art must involve hypothesis and testing.” Is a picture of Kermit the Frog “stupid”? Not serous enough in an answer about art and philosophy? Insulting? Humiliating? But here, let’s see some statistics about how people ordinarily use the term “science” (or at least some dictionary definitions of “science” and “philosophy”). Do we really need a statistical analysis of people’s opinions about Kermit—or can we simply assert that Kermit represents the belief that people are trite and superficial—no transcendental ideals here? Off the top of my head, there are at least a couple reasons why we should say that philosophy is a kind of science. The characteristic of rationality in science is appealing. People are philosophical by nature—or at least they have philosophies that are either conscious or unconscious. But science has taught us a great deal about better and worse conclusions. So, it is good to define philosophy as a science, to focus on the application of scientific methods in philosophy. Another reason reason to define philosophy as a kind of “science” or knowledge is not ancient etymology—but a need to use the social legitimacy of science to legitimize a field that has lost a great deal of its credibility. For example, philosophy departments justify their now meagre budgets by promising analytical thinking skills for other fields of knowledge. Some philosophy department are even sub departments of ancient (art) history departments—like a specialization of studying ancient pottery. Now some ancient art professors might make a lot of money, but those are not booming philosophy departments. Maybe it’s better to define philosophy as a kind of science—“philosophy is like like medical technology research: it’s heavily experimental and useful...”
  4. Coming down from mushrooms—once I seemed sober enough, I took a bath to distract myself from the very painful nausea. I had basically booked the day fee (in my own house) so, no distractions or worries about anyone coming over—but after I got in the bath, I heard people’s talking downstairs—my wife came home early, and some relatives arrived from out of town and dropped by for a visit! I was like oh crap. I listened carefully—“What is this? Are these drugs?” Oh my gosh, I thought, I left the baggie of mushrooms in my coat pocket—they must have seen it while they were hanging up their coats! So one of my cousins started insisting how bad this all was, and getting all upset—like this major drama. I was like, ‘oh no—I’m going to have to go downstairs’. So, I quickly prepared a confession in the bath. I was going to be honest—look, this was one day—there was even a leap year (an extra day) this year…I took the mushrooms for my own health and well-being…I needed to do this. I dried off, got dressed, and came down stairs, ready to face the music. No one there. So I got to chill on the carpet and look at the eight-pointed star-shaped patterns of stucco on the ceiling sway bigger and smaller, as I happily and gratefully reflected on the partial healing from my moral distress that the mushrooms helped my think though—and not having to deal with any worries
  5. Zelda. Tears of the Kingdom.
  6. Some people avoid a mid-afternoon crash by delaying their first cup off coffee till 10:00 am.
  7. From age of 0-36, on about three days a month (spread out), I’d have approximately $0 to my name, and net debt. (never mind borrowed sums of cash). I have lived paycheck to paycheck for my whole life with credit maxed out as I am able, and never really saved a paycheck. I remember refusing coffee meetings with classmates in university because I didn’t have $2 available to my name and I could not get $2 without begging. Still, I made it through degrees in philosophy and theology, became a Preacher, an improvised explosive device screener; I completed degrees in law and business; I worked as a parks and recreation laborer; a criminal lawyer, a hard manual laborer, a contract administrator, and finally, I work as a contracts manager. I write and negotiate contracts for infrastructure engineering (like portions of bridges or buildings) I’m 37. I still have like maybe $70,000 of debt (never mind my wife’s $20,000 credit card bill and she’s in school) but I might have $400 or $1000 sitting in my bank account after paying for housing, food, phones, debt interest, a new vacuum, this or that. So that’s progress. We do own almost half of our house and we have some money saved up for our kids’ university. Plan is to buy them each of our kids a degree and a good down payment on a house.
  8. Another factor for ChatGPT is ‘quality in quality out.’ If you just as a question like, tell me about meditation’, you’ll get a predictive sequence of words based on the information with ChatGPT has been trained. However, you can also feed ChatGPT information, templates, and models. That is what people do when they ask for corrections or shorter versions of computer code. For example, ‘here is a 2000 word essay. I’m going to ask you to write an outline for a similar document. Do you understand? yes, I understand. ‘For this outline, I will also want you to include my values, which are aaa, bbb, and xxx which defined as Yyy. Do you understand? yes. please write the outline, the essay, [different topic] another example is ‘write a cover letter for this job description (past) using my resume (paste). - now rewrite this cover letter incorporating key element of the mission, vision, and values [from business website], and make the cover letter more succinct. anither example is, “here are two versions of a contract. Explain the differences in rights and obligations… another example is, So it can increase productivity through prompts like, ‘ write this email in succinct business style: “John, get XYZ done. Thank you.’ but you can also feed ChatGPT the information you want to use and instruct it to provide certain kinds of output I think you can have about 4000 words in a question to ChatGPT.
  9. He followed the spiritual path for many years. With respect, it sound like he has a different perspective than you—or at least a different emphasis. I hate to raise a cliche, but is it possible that this difference of perspective became a “Christmas debate” because he is a family member? I can’t wade into that territory, but it seems to me pretty cool that your family would bother debating an issue—as opposed to simply fighting or pacifying one another. Seems to me like you are characterizing the debate as a stage blue versus stage yellow—moral choice versus understanding. This brings to my mind the fact that yellow is built on healthy blue developed. There are probably logical reasons why your uncle is emphasizes, ‘it boils down to choice.’ Maybe a debate is the best forum to explore his perspective. Personally, I’m a fan of small talk at family gatherings. If people want to reach out to me and discuss topics further, that’s fine. I find parties—like Christmas family parties—a better chance to just make people feel welcome. But it’s pretty cool that you discussed some deeper topics . Merry Christmas.
  10. I can’t give you a top three—just three that come to mind immediately 5 Methoxy Dimethyltryptamine because it gave me perspective on what’s interesting to me. Learning diverse perspectives in thinking for oneself For the caution of academia, consider epistemology.
  11. Hi @at_anchor. My name is Robert. I’m from Canada. In your post, you said that you are living in a hostile environment. You also talked about destroying ‘them’ though some kind of power—like the police or using evidence [at law]—but that’s not very hopeful. However [people] are scaring you, demonizing you, and betraying you; while you are vulnerable and dependent. I can only share a bit about my story, and what helped me. Personally, I focused on my basic needs—safety, health, belonging and self-respect. This focus helped me a lot in hostile environments, over time. My experiences were not family, but 2 toxic work places. After university, I found myself at a very toxic and abusive job—I was financially dependent and vulnerable for some unique reasons. I had a sociopathic boss who saw me as a puzzle to pick apart. I had to work quite a few 36-hour days. Visiting the hospital for heart pain. I got much lower than minimum wage at that job—well, I had to go through vitriol to get out of that servitude—it was one of these hell holes. A lawyer helped me get our It took me well over a year to recover from the shock of that experience While recovering, I made an excellent decision: to focus on my basic needs. Simple things, like eating rice and butter (healthy food I could afford) and exercise, and trying to make the people around me feel welcome. Forget about improving my skills. Just basic stuff Then I got a better job digging a trench (hard labor)—which was totally fine with me because I got along well with my coworkers. All I want is to work in peace. But then we all got subbed out to a company that my employer hired—so we ended up working directly under a few bullies (who were abusive). All my coworkers quit—but I stayed. All I can say about having to be around people who are abusive—can be oppressive. I took a few notes to help myself psychologically (date, hour, and minute and basic facts, nothing fancy or long). Notes like this: - January 9, 2021, 9:20 I set down the table an inch from the other table. Colton shouts, ‘Why the FUCK did you put it there, instead of closer?!’ - January 10, 2021 3:35 pm, Colton said: ‘Great, great—just like sex with a 10 year old girl.’ Toxic environments can get overwhelming, oppressive, and difficult to think about, or explain. Some brief factual notes might help promote a safe environment through the ups and downs, and clarify issues like gaslighting. Later, I got a truly excellent job with a safe and positive with environment. To me, it’s health/safety First (including psychological safety). Then belonging. Then self-respect. Then all the other stuff. Take care.
  12. It’s a good reminder. I’ll try skimming the chapter and conceptualizing the contents first. I suppose a chapter summarization would help me to remember what I read and get more out of it (instead of forgetting most everything). However, then there is still something to be said for the habit of reading. The thought, ‘I can only read if I summarize’ might deter me from reading.
  13. I would not dispute the position. I might ask about the data points though. Fiction, or ‘something the imagination invents’ could apply broadly. For example, an imagination could invent money or property interests. At what point does more money yield an incrementally lower rate of goods or services per unit of labour?
  14. Digital information has various drawbacks. The battery one one of my computers exploded. It got old and cold. Lost all my notes. Thousands of photos on a physical hard drive corrupted. Old physical hardware required transfer and update—a convenient service like renting online storage seems to last longer as hard and software updates. Digital information requires more upkeep than physical photos, books, and notes. But digital info can duplicate to new hardware/software with ongoing attention (or a digital storage service). Yeah—who reads end-user licenses? The idea of physical property does seem a bit more intuitive than licenses. Property interests can be quite convoluted —like social defence of property over time.